Texas surf park closes after man dies from rare 'brain-eating amoeba'

Texas surf park closes after man dies from rare 'brain-eating amoeba'

Texas surf park closes after man dies from rare 'brain-eating amoeba'

The Waco Tribune-Herald reports Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is testing BSR Cable Park's Surf Resort, in Central Texas, for Naegleria fowleri, a rare but highly deadly ameba colloquially known as a "brain-eating amoeba".

The Naegleria fowleri amoeba is a free-living amoeba found in warm freshwater ponds, lakes and rivers, which feeds on bacteria but can cause a lethal infection in humans.

It remains unclear when exactly Stabile visited the park, but infection symptoms from the parasite typically flare up between one and nine days after contact.

Once he returned home to New Jersey, Stabile complained of a severe headache on September 16, according to a GoFundMe campaign set up to spread awareness about N. fowleri. He took a turn for the worst the next day and was rushed to the emergency room, unable to speak coherently. Stabile was initially diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, but wasn't responding to treatment.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reportedly testing BSR Cable Park's Surf Resort for Naegleria fowleri. He died the next day. Other symptoms can include stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, seizures, and hallucinations. Infections usually occur when it is hot for prolonged periods of time, which results in higher water temperatures and lower water levels.

The individual who died has been identified as 29 year-old Fabrizio Stabile of Ventnor. He loved snowboarding, surfing, and anything to do with friends and family.

He had a keen love for fishing, which led him to work for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Bass Pro Shops. "Fabrizio will be remembered as someone with a contagious smile, who could lift the spirits of anyone and everyone he talked to".

"Our hearts and prayers are with his family, friends and the New Jersey surf community during this hard time", owner Stuart E. Parsons Jr. told the Waco Tribune. "BSR Surf Resort operates a state-of-the-art artificial man-made wave. We are in compliance with the CDC guidelines and recommendations concerning Naegleria fowleri".

A spokesperson for the CDC said preliminary testing results from the facility are expected to be returned this week.

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